The Ransom of Red Chief by O.Henry
This was one of the O.Henry stories in the 1952 film "O.Henry's Full House". It is about a pair of crooks trying to raise a grubstake for a big swindle. They kidnap the son of a rich man in a rural Alabama town and it proves to be their downfall. In the film version Sam was played by Fred Allen and Bill by Oscar Levant.
This file was updated Mar 2011. The file that was replaced had an incomplete ending.
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